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Miguel is 76-years-old and when he was ten-years-old his brothers taught him everything related to growing coffee so he has much experience. Despite his age, he enjoys good health and he does most of the work in his farm himself although his children help him too and during harvest time when there is more work to do he hires day laborers to be able to handle it all.

He’s currently producing a total of 28 tons that he delivers to “Unión Regional de Huatusco” [coffee cooperative] to be processed and exported. Miguel needs to buy organic manure for his plants because he does not use fertilizers or other chemical products because they damage the environment so he’s asking for a loan.

One of Miguel’s future goals is to buy another parcel of land to increase production and improve his standard of living this way in addition to being able to leave something to his children in the future.
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Don Miguel tiene 76 años de edad y desde que tenía 10 años sus hermanos le enseñaron todo lo relacionado con el cultivo del café por lo que tiene mucha experiencia. A pesar de su edad goza de buena salud y se encarga él mismo de realizar la mayor parte de actividades en su finca, aunque también lo ayudan sus hijos y durante la época de cosecha que hay más trabajo contrata personal para poder darse abasto. Actualmente está produciendo un total de 28 toneladas, las cuales entrega a la “Unión Regional de Huatusco” para que sea procesado y exportado. Don Miguel necesita comprar abono orgánico para sus plantas, pues no utiliza fertilizantes ni productos químicos ya que dañan el medio ambiente y esta solicitando un crédito. Una de las metas a futuro que tiene Don Miguel es comprar otro terreno para poder aumentar su producción y de esta manera mejorar su nivel de vida, además que en un futuro podrá dejarle algo a sus hijos.

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More information about this loan

These loans are designed to help farmers expand their existing crop yields and increase their incomes. The loans are designed to fit the agricultural cycle, allowing farmers to make purchases during the planting season and repay following the harvest. Coffee production loans help farmers maintain and grow their fields by cleaning, pruning, fertilizing, and conserving the grounds, delivering water, and replanting trees needed to shade the coffee plants.

Important Information

La Union Regional de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Huatusco (or, La Union Regional) is a member-owned, Fair Trade-certified coffee cooperative based in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Kiva helps fund loans for La Union Regional’s members, allowing them to plant more crops and convert to more profitable organic farming methods. La Union Regional is backed by Fair Trade USA and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which retails members’ coffee.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Because La Union Regional’s core business is not microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. Kiva’s partnership with La Union Regional is unique and unprecedented. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the organization a risk rating. More information can be found on La Union Regional’s partner page.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 46
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,524,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 14.4
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Miguel to buy organic fertilizer for his coffee plants.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 26, 2013